Carol Platt Liebau: They're Right to Worry

Thursday, June 22, 2006

They're Right to Worry

Robert Novak writes that many of his Democratic colleagues are worried about their new "rising star," Jack Murtha.

Not only did his appearance on "Meet the Press" underscore the Democratic image of weakness and incompetence when it comes to military affairs (he wants to station troops that would respond to Middle East crises in Okinawa), his status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal drives yet another nail in to the Democratic "culture of corruption" coffin.


Blogger suek said...

Murtha's an embarrassment - and I'm a Republican.
I wonder if he's beginning to have early symptoms of senility?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

It is sad that Republicans continue to spin and lie, in an attempt to, destroy our veterans of war heros. Murtha mentioned Okinawa to address the North Korean threat and Kuwait and other bases in the Middle East to address Iraq.

130,000 soldiers driving around Iraq getting blown up is not needed to address the 700 to 1,000 people who have aligned themselves with Al Qaeda in Iraq. But Republians need their bullshit to retain power. So the futile killing goes on.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...


You are playing fast and loose with the facts. Here is the "Meet the Press" transcript; below is the relevant exchange.

Readers, judge for yourself.

MR. ROVE: Congressman Murtha said, “Let’s redeploy them immediately to another country in the Middle East. Let’s get out of Iraq and go to another country.” My question is, what country would take us? What country would say after the United States cut and run from Iraq, what country in the Middle East would say, “Yeah. Paint a big target on our back and then you’ll cut and run on us.” What country would say that? What country would accept our troops?

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: What’s your response?

REP. MURTHA: There’s many countries understand the importance of stability in the Middle East. This is an international problem. We, we use 20 million barrels of oil a day. China’s the second largest user. All these countries understand you need stability for the energy supply that’s available in the Middle East. So there’s many, many countries.


REP. MURTHA: Kuwait’s one that will take us. Qatar, we already have bases in Qatar. So Bahrain. All those countries are willing to take the United States. Now, Saudi Arabia won’t because they wanted us out of there in the first place. So—and we don’t have to be right there. We can go to Okinawa. We, we don’t have—we can redeploy there almost instantly. So that’s not—that’s, that’s a fallacy. That, that’s just a statement to rial up people to support a failed policy wrapped in illusion.

MR. RUSSERT: But it’d be tough to have a timely response from Okinawa.

REP. MURTHA: Well, it—you know, they—when I say Okinawa, I, I’m saying troops in Okinawa. When I say a timely response, you know, our fighters can fly from Okinawa very quickly. And—and—when they don’t know we’re coming. There’s no question about it. And, and where those airplanes won’t—came from I can’t tell you, but, but I’ll tell you one thing, it doesn’t take very long for them to get in with cruise missiles or with, with fighter aircraft or, or attack aircraft, it doesn’t take any time at all.

10:32 AM  
Blogger ELC said...

I blogged a profile of Murtha's Republican opponent the other day: Meet Diana Irey.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

"Readers, judge for yourself."

Thank you, Carol. I will. It appears that Murtha DID list a number of middle eastern countries before uttering "Okinawa," but of course you and others sieze upon that one to ridicule him. (As if Duh-bya had any idea where Kabul was until Dick pointed to it on his coloring book map of the world.)

Speaking of which, THERE'S a great place to station our troops, whether the Afghans like it or not. We could return to Job One that was abandoned in favor of Duh-bya's deadly boondoggle.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Greg said...


Yes, he mentioned other Middle Eastern countries. And he mentioned Okinawa.

Then he was specifically asked about the wisdom of re-deploying in Okinawa and the implications for a quick response from that location.

He then truly embarrassed himself in defending that ridiculous idea.

As much as you'd like to, you can't spin away from that.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

And, yes, Ditto plays loose with the facts.

In another thread, he cited a Poll and said it showed over 90% of Iraqis wanted American forces to leave Iraq.

I checked the poll he cited. Unless I'm missing something, there was no such indication that over 90% of Iraqis wanted the Americans to leave.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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12:32 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Greg is lying, anyone who is interested, go to the thread. I wrote that the source was from Pew Polling and told him he could google their site. The other report indicated only 1% of Iraqis trust multi-national forces to keep them safe.

I do admit to error on this thread. I was going from memory of watching MTP and not the transcript. The error I made was that I thought he talked of threat from North Korea but the transcript indicates he mentioned China.

My recall was correct in that he said, forces would be stationed in the Middle East.

Redeploying "some" troops out of Iraq to Okinawa is perhaps something the military would do.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Since we're trashing war vets today, what is the deal with the republican front runner for precidency McCain and his Lincoln Saving & Loan scandal? Who did he have an adulterous affair, that ended his first marriage?

1:34 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

You could ask John McCain about it. I doubt you'll find many folks jumping up to defend him.

John McCain's main consituency is Big News.

2:12 PM  
Blogger suek said...

Some of you might enjoy this report...

2:53 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Oh, yes, Robert Novak. Democrats should all listen to his wise counsel, because he has only the good of our party and the country in his heart. Except when he's committing treason, that is.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm NOT lying, Ditto. I also encourage everyone to read the other thread. I think they will clearly see who is being honest and who is not - especially if they actually read the poll you cited.

6:19 AM  

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